Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Wins Key Demo as CBS, NBC Tie For First

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Despite a minor dip compared to last week, CBS’ “Big Brother” took first place in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, driving the network to a tie in the demo with NBC on Wednesday night, according to preliminary numbers.

NBC tied CBS for first in the demo with a 1.4 rating/5 share and was first place outright in total viewers with 7.2 million. Following a repeat of “America’s Got Talent” at 8 p.m., an original episode the following hour scored a 2.0 rating/7 share, down from last week’s 2.2/7, and took 10 million total viewers, making it the night’s most-watched show. “Taxi Brooklyn” at 10 was also down slightly from last week with a 1.0/3 and took 5.5 million total viewers.

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CBS, in second place among total viewers with 5.6 million, started the night with “Big Brother” at 8, which was down a tick in the demo from last week, but was still the night’s highest-rated show with a 2.1/8 and had 6.4 million total viewers. Following a “Criminal Minds” repeat at 9, the Halle Berry sci-fi drama “Extant,” which premiered in its new 10 p.m. timeslot last week, ticked down 9 percent to a series low of 1.0/4 and took 5.9 million total viewers.

Univision was third in ratings with a 1.3/4 and fifth in total viewers with 3.2 million.

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Fox, which ran “So You Think You Can Dance” throughout its primetime slate, was fourth in ratings with a 1.1/4 and third in total viewers with 3.7 million.

ABC aired reruns throughout the night, and took fifth place in ratings with a 0.8/3. The network was fourth in total viewers, averaging 3.2 million for the night.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings and in total viewers with a 0.6/2 and 1.4 million.

The CW had a 0.4/1 rating with 1 million total viewers. The network aired “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” at 8, which was even with last week’s premiere for a 0.5/2 and had 1.5 million total viewers, followed by a repeat of “The 100.”